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Creatine monohydrate is a naturally-occurring compound found in muscle tissue. During exercise it is converted to phosphocreatine a substance that plays a major role in providing the energy needed for muscle contraction by replenishing ATP (adenosine triphosphate). The body uses ATP for energy to power all its movements. Through strenuous activity, ATP can become depleted by giving off its energy through its high-energy phosphate bond and thus converting to ADP (adenosine diphosphate). Phosphocreatine adds a phosphate molecule back to ADP to convert it to ATP. In short, using creatine allows an increase in muscle energy output and a delay in muscle fatigue. The effects of creatine subside after discontinuing its use.


Many brand name creatines use a lot of additives. Read the labels. A 21 gram serving of creatine from some companies may actually have as little as 6 grams of creatine in the serving. Invariably, supplement companies try to save money. When they create their proprietary blends, they tend to cut corners and often give you too little of an essential ingredient. Depending on your purpose, you might want to add a variety of different elements - such as glutamine, alpha lipoic acid, or maltodextrin. Or not. So, you should choose the foundation product (in this case, creatine monohydrate) and enhance it to your specific need, rather than let the supplements companies do it for you.